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January 29, 2018

World Cancer Day - February 4th 2018

Individuals and communities around the world will gather together on Sunday, February 4th for World Cancer Day - to raise awareness about cancer and to help make it a global health priority.

At CancerCare Manitoba, we will mark the occasion on Monday, February 5th.

This year's theme is "We can. I can." - to explore how everyone - together and individually - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

In Manitoba, 20 people a day receive a cancer diagnosis.

Globally, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. The number of new cancer cases is expected to increase by 40% in the next 15 years - because of aging and lifestyle choices we are making.

The World Health Organization calls this an imminent global cancer disaster.

The good news is that with new treatments and technology, people are living longer with cancer than ever before.

In Manitoba, as individuals and as communities, we can raise awareness about cancer in a variety of ways:

As Individuals, you and I can:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices by avoiding tobacco, getting enough physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, and practicing sun safety;
  • Early detection often makes cancer easier to treat. You and I need to participate in CancerCare Manitoba screening programs for early detection of breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer;
  • You and I can support cancer patients and survivors both physically and emotionally, even after treatment ends;
  • You can share stories about your own cancer experience, to help make positive changes for those affected by cancer.

All together, we can bring awareness about cancer to the community that we live in and to the public at large, nationally and globally:

  • We can provide education about the association between lifestyle choices and cancer risk;
  • We can encourage schools and workplaces to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Let us all commit today, on World Cancer Day, here in Manitoba, to work together for our common goal - ?No Manitoban?s life is cut short by cancer and a life with cancer is a life well lived?.

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